Week ending April 23

this week…


pay attention

The man whispered, “God, speak to me.”
And a meadowlark sang.
But the man did not hear.

So the man yelled, “God speak to me!”
And the thunder rolled across the sky.
But the man did not listen.

The man looked around and said, “God let me see you.”
And a star shone brightly.
But the man did not notice.

And the man shouted, “God show me a miracle.”
And a life was born.
But the man did not know. 

So, the man cried out in despair, “Touch me God and let me know that you are here!”
Whereupon God reached down and touched the man. But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on. 


Don’t miss out on a blessing because it isn’t packaged the way you expect.

Author Unknown



“The Traveling Twenties”

(AKA Random Acts of Kindness)
“The Beginning…”

It started one day with an eye-opening realization. Not everyone had enough to eat or a friend or smile or heat or even a place to lay their head at night. Everyone was different. Everyone was in need and some were in need more than others. Twenties found their way into some very interesting adventures when they were put into the hands of those who cared but were unable to do. Those people then put twenties into the hands of those who saw but didn’t have twenties to give.  When hearts say help and God says move, adventures are soon to follow!!!

Adventure #8: Conversations

We were at a local gathering place when we heard a conversation about a person who was asking for money on the corner. “Don’t give it to him. He doesn’t need it. He’s just asking for money cause he wants to.” We had to smile. Most people would rather do anything else than beg or ask others for money. Something happens inside a person to actually make that decision to ask another human being for help. Some would rather die than ask for help.

The person talking, we knew well. He was of the latter group. Rather than ask for a ride he would and had driven himself to the hospital in an emergency. On a tight budget, he often would play music for a free meal or the hopes of a tip or two. And he was first in line at a new Hardees so he could get free coffee for life even though he had to stand there for what seemed like forever. But he would not ask even his friends for a ride or help in anyway. He just couldn’t.

The next conversation we heard was in a restaurant by three workers from a restaurant next door. It struck us as strange as where they worked was not known as a high-end place and yet they talked as if they were world travelers or at least US travelers. They were discussing where it was “BEST” to be homeless. The conversation both fascinated and horrified us. Their discussion took them to Hawaii for of course the weather would make being homeless so much more comfortable and easy there. We wanted to ask how much fun it was in Hawaii or any other state to not know if you would eat that day or if you would have a place to lay your head or if you were sick not even to have an aspirin to help your aches and pains. There is no where it is easy to be homeless. Cold or heat, rain or snow, desert or mountain, ocean or plain, city or rural, there is no place being homeless is great.

We give Twenties to those we see whether on street corners asking like the older man who stood in the cold wind and upon receiving the Twenty went straight into the café to warm up, or the man on the side of the road holding a sign that says “NEED HELP”. We are responsible for doing what we can. We are to respond because we want to be like Jesus. We may not be able to heal the blind but we can show them love. We can’t make the lame walk but we can give them a ride. We can listen and talk and treat them like people whether they feel like one or not.

Adventure #9 coming soon!

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Nutrition 101 – No matter how much you eat or even what you eat, if you are not absorbing the nutrients from the food – YOU ARE AT RISK!  Learn tips and techniques that will make you feel great while you maximize your health and minimize your waistline!                

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Meal Planning – Many of us were taught to include every food group at every meal.  This a digestive nightmare!  It requires just a bit of rearranging to work with our perfectly designed system and, fortunately, it’s easy!

Top 3 Reasons people quit their wellness resolutions:
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The truth is, we have time for what we do!  Prioritize yourself and your health.  

  1. Disappointment- Desired goals vs. Actual results

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No matter what we are “taught”, there is a tendency to return to our “normal”.  The normal that got us exactly where we don’t want to be anymore!  Learn WHY in addition to WHAT- Understanding why is key to trumping the excuses that have hindered achieving and maintaining Permanent Positive Health.

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3 dates to choose from:

Saturday April 29th at 10am, Tuesday May 2nd at 6pm or Saturday May 6th at 10am come join me!  I guarantee you’ll be glad you did!



The empty Chair

A dear friend of mine from Mississippi, who used to be in real estate, has given away everything she owned and is now working to promote Suicide Awareness among the youth.  Just 6 years ago, she lost her son in his bedroom. He had hung himself.  This is the link to her Firefly Ministries: http://fireflyoutreach.com/

  1. Please join me in prayers for Firefly Ministries for my friend, Patti Herrington, and what she is doing for the youth of this world by speaking out about this horrible tragedy, in hopes that she can save lives of those that suffer.

Nina Horn

bible study

Ongoing Wednesday Morning Bible Study.
All are welcome!

Our “Making Sure of the Truth” study ends with the last class on April 26th.
(We will take two weeks off.)
Our new “Co-Ed All Are Welcome Wednesday Morning Bible Study” study is:
“When God’s People Pray”.  It is a DVD study by Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle.
The study begins: May 17th at 10:00-11:30 a.m. 
We meet at Simple Faith Church. 
This is a 6-week study: May 17th- June 21st.
Participants Guide is $5.00.
Prayer can change lives and circumstances like nothing else can.  Prayer is our lifeline to God- Who is our source of strength and abundant blessing.  This study will instruct and inspire, revive and bless!
For more information:
Jen Kelley: elle2897@gmail.com



Once a month why not come and serve with us at Rural Relief? Also remember the continuing need of diapers, feminine products and adult diapers or monetary donations. Come join us!! Talk to a Talty at 850-585-0370 or cyndibunnia@gmail.com.

If you are willing to help donate to Rural Relief, please bring items to church by the second Sunday of the month. There is a box in the front of the church where you can put your donations.

can we talk???


If you would like to have a Chat With Cyndi Talty call 850-585-0370
and plan to meet with her.


I am excited to share with you that our area will be hosting a Full-Circle Speaker in April! A Full-Circle Speaker is a young adult who received a shoe box gift when he/she was a child living overseas. Since then, he/she has been given the opportunity by OCC to return to his/her home country and hand-out shoe box gifts to other children who are still living where he/she once was. It is an amazing and inspiring story to see the fruit of our shoe box gifts that many of us have been packing for years! Our local OCC area team is pleased that Livia Young from Romania will be speaking at two locations the weekend of April 29th. We are hoping you will be able to attend one of these events and hear Livia’s story for yourself. If you think would be interested in hearing a full-circle speaker, there are two:  Friday, April 28 @ 6:00 p.m. at 1st Baptist Church in Defuniak Springs. This is a youth-geared event, but all are welcome! Saturday, April 29 @ 10:00 a.m. there will be a second presentation at First Baptist Church in Niceville. This will be our OCC Celebration event, celebrating God’s faithfulness in 2016.If you have questions or would like more information on an event, don’t hesitate to call or email me.  Also, if you need any type of support later in the year with packing your shoe box gifts, our local area team is here to support you! 
Blessings, Faith Witcher,
Operation Christmas Child
Emerald Coast Area Team
Area Coordinator


Yoga classes !

woman-practicing-yoga-lotus_smallYou are invited to a  Gentle Yoga Class with Nancy Gross, MS, RYT200+ Monday classes at A Simple Faith now will be  at 11:15 am and Thursday at 8:30 am.  Classes at 769 Eden Drive, Point Washington, Florida 32459 will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 9:00 am.  Please call or email your questions and reservation.  850-797-6926 or nancydgross@gmail.com]\


reader’s corner:

What’s So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey

In 1987, an IRA bomb buried Gordon Wilson and his twenty-year-old daughter beneath five feet of rubble. Gordon alone survived. And forgave. He said of the bombers, “I have lost my daughter, but I bear no grudge. . .. I shall pray, tonight and every night, that God will forgive them.”

His words caught the media’s ear–and out of one man’s grief, the world got a glimpse of grace.

Grace is the church’s great distinctive. It’s the one thing the world cannot duplicate, and the one thing it craves above all else–for only grace can bring hope and transformation to a jaded world.

In What’s So Amazing About Grace? award-winning author Philip Yancey explores grace at street level. If grace is God’s love for the undeserving, he asks, then what does it look like in action? And if Christians are its sole dispensers, then how are we doing at lavishing grace on a world that knows far more of cruelty and unforgiveness than it does of mercy?

Yancey sets grace in the midst of life’s stark images, tests its mettle against horrific “ungrace.” Can grace survive in the midst of such atrocities as the Nazi holocaust? Can it triumph over the brutality of the Ku Klux Klan? Should any grace at all be shown to the likes of Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed and cannibalized seventeen young men?

Grace does not excuse sin, says Yancey, but it treasures the sinner. True grace is shocking, scandalous. It shakes our conventions with its insistence on getting close to sinners and touching them with mercy and hope. It forgives the unfaithful spouse, the racist, the child abuser. It loves today’s AIDS-ridden addict as much as the tax collector of Jesus’ day.

In his most personal and provocative book ever, Yancey offers compelling, true portraits of grace’s life-changing power. He searches for its presence in his own life and in the church. He asks, How can Christians contend graciously with moral issues that threaten all they hold dear?

And he challenges us to become living answers to a world that desperately wants to know, What’s So Amazing About Grace? 



Greeters: Contact Terry Olive to meet and greet at firstolive33@gmail.com; Thanks greeters!

Communion Servers:Contact Barbara Tape to serve communion: barbara@digitalpark.com. Thanks servers!

Tuesdays, The Prayer Boys meet at 8:00am. Contact Kevin Simonsen at 970-259-1748 or kevin@kjsems.com



Please be in prayer for my sister Beth who is in ICU in critical condition in CT.

Thank you.
Deb Riccitelli

As you know, Ken has done a miraculous job being able to maintain a full-time work schedule while undergoing 18-months of harsh chemo treatments.  He exhausted his chemo options back in early February and has been on various drugs since being hit with the news that the cancer has spread to his brain.  Today, he finally had to quit working.  I ask that he remain in your prayers for a miracle cure.  Also, we have a mountain of medical bills, our mortgage, etc., and ask for prayers to rescue us from financial crisis and to give us wisdom and strength to stand strong through this long-standing storm.

God Bless,
Lorraine Sloan


Margie Baumann was a long-time resident of SRB. She has been removed from dialysis and is with hospice, very much at peace.  Prayers would be very much appreciated.


Bobby Rains has been hospitalized in Dothan for the last couple of days due to a severe infection in his foot. Surgeons will attempt to clean and irrigate the infection today, though a partial amputation of his foot may be required. He also has sepsis due to the infection, complicated further by his diabetes.  Please include him on your prayer list.

If you’d like to send him a card, Bobby’s address is:  Flowers Hospital, 4370 West Main St. Dothan, AL 36305


Lisa Brooks is holding a formal Naval Burial on Thursday with all of Scott’s Navy Battalion being
escorted to their gravesite at Eglin.

Only family and his buddies from Air Force will be there for that burial service.

The Grayton Beach Sunset Celebration of Life, on Friday, April 21, at 5:00 p.m., will be a memorial service, potluck, and bonfire, and is a larger gathering for all family and friends to convene on the sand to honor Scotty in a casual, Grayton Beach-style setting which he so loved. Please bring your own chair or beach blanket, and a dish or libations to share. 

Her mailing address is:
40 Cherry Laurel Dr.
Santa Rosa Beach, FL  32459


One of our favorite families here in Freeport, FL has received the news no parents want to hear.  Their 10-year-old Scotty was diagnosed yesterday with leukemia.

This family is so very special to us.  They are a military family and have two very precious young girls. Scott, Scotty’s dad, is a Green Beret 7th Group with eleven combat tours.  Nikki, Scotty’s mom is the best mother, wife, and friend!

Please put Scotty and his family on your prayer list.


To follow Scotty on his Facebook page, CLICK HERE.


communion servers


April 23……Paula Brenick and Sara Brunson
                   Nancy McConnell
April 30……Kelly & David Cochrane
                   John Youngbeck and Ann Scott



(The sermon was not recorded due to a technological malfunction.)



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